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We provide great service, food and beverages delivering a quality experience comfortable for families, friends and sports fans in a friendly environment. PATIO SEATING!
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
Pub, American, Bar
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped for lunch. Had the Octoberfest special & it was outstanding. Choice of a smoked pork chop or bratwurst with mashed redskins, sauerkraut & red cabbage. Food was hot & excellent tasting. Staff couldn't have been any nicer. Wonderful experience. Can't wait to come back.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Don D, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for stopping, hope to see you again soon! Thank you, Don

Reviewed August 20, 2022 via mobile

There was 9 of us. We had Isabella, as our waitress on a very busy evening. She was excellent! Everyone’s food was very good. I will definitely return.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Don D, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for stopping in. Thanks for notice the service provided byIzabelle, she is a very good server! Hope to see you again soon. Thank you,Don

Reviewed July 31, 2022 via mobile

Been here twice. Great food. My BbQ sandwich on a pretzel bun with bacon and cheddar cheese was delicious! My husband liked his Garcia Burger. Mindy was a great server. Last visit in 2019 I had the chicken quesadilla and loved it. Hubby had the...prime rib wrap and thought it was okay. But please, management, oil that cafe (saloon) door to the kitchen and bathrooms We sat right next to it and it drove us crazy! An easy fix!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Don D, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for stopping in and noticing the great service by mindy! The swinging doors have been oiled, sorry about that. Glad you enjoyed your meals!Thank you, Don

Reviewed June 12, 2022 via mobile

This was our second visit, but must have never reviewed before. Three beer selection is nice, the outdoor seating is nice with plenty of room and food trucks parked there. Both visits were great!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Don D, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2022

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a great review, hope to see yu again soon!

Reviewed June 6, 2022

I had the Ruski chicken salad sandwich which was delicious! The chicken salad was made with pineapple and dried cherries. Instead of rye bread, I was able to get it on Texas toast. They don't serve french fries as they don't have a fryer- chips...were included with the sandwich. Even though it was busy (Friday night), our waitress was attentive and friendly. The only drawback was that it was very noisy! There were only three of us at a fairly small table and we almost had to scream to hear each other.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Don D, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2022

Thank you for visiting us, sorry about the noise as it can get loud depending on the type of crowd that is in here! Glad you enjoyed you food and service! Thank you, Don

Reviewed March 25, 2022 via mobile

I ordered the Ahi Tuna. Haven’t had tuna in several years so was excited to see it on the menu. It was rare, and the menu did say rare, but I didn’t expect it to be cool in the center. Likewise, the spinach was undercooked,...and also cool. The sauce on the plate was cold. I would never order this dish again unless I could be guaranteed it would arrive at my table piping hot. To say the least, I was disappointed.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Don D, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2022

I am so sorry that this happened and we did not catch it to correct it. Please if this happens (and it does happen occasionally, we are all human) please say something to your server of the MAnager on duty. We would have recooked it...More

Reviewed February 23, 2022 via mobile

I had the Garcia burger. I love this choice. A nice combination of cheese , mushrooms and burger. Though it’s a challenge to eat it on a bun. Sometimes I just get the burger either toppings snd no bun. My favorite!

Date of visit: February 2022
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Don D, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2022

Thank you so much for trying the garcia burger, it's named after one of our guests who served in the military and that's where he got the nickname of Garcia. Thank you, Don

Reviewed January 8, 2022 via mobile

Amazing food and friendly service. The restaurant is comfortable and cozy even though it looks so clean and new inside. Drinks and food were both amazing You won't leave hungry

Date of visit: January 2022
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Don D, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2022

Thank you so much for taaking the time to leave a great review! Glad you enjoyed your food and service, hope to see you again soon. Thank you, Don

Reviewed November 28, 2021

The prime rib specail was just the meal we were hoping for: perfectly cooked tender juicy beef; fluffy baked potatoes, steamed broccoli and carrots with bread and butter. Service was friendly and fast. Great beers on tap and on special for happy hour.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Don D, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2022

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to srite this review! Hope to see you again soon! Thank you,Don

Reviewed September 4, 2021 via mobile

Every meal we’ve had here has been very good. My husband is partial to the Whitefish with the pistachio herb butter ($18.99). For me, it’s their Jambalaya (special pricing on Tuesday) - $17.99. It is had a little kick to it but not too spicy....We took a family member there & she tried the Steak & Lobster (Market Price) & said it was the best she’s ever had. They bring you a basket of delicious bread while your food is being prepared. They have an extensive menu - appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches & more! Staff is always friendly & efficient. Unfortunately, like so many places, they have had staffing issues so call before you go or check outside the saloon to see if they’ve posted a notice. FYI - the online menus need updating.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Don D, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2022

Thank you so much for the great review, hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed August 31, 2021

Great place for a burger and a cocktail. prices were reasonable and the food was hot and good. server was very nice, decor was awesome.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Don D, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2022

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, it means a lot to the staff to hear that they are doing good job! Hope to see you soon! Thank you, Don

Reviewed July 15, 2021 via mobile

Nice local spot with a decent selection of sandwiches, burgers, steaks, and pasta. Quick and friendly service. We had amazing steaks and burgers. (Side note:they do not have a fryer so no fries with your burger).

Date of visit: July 2021
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Don D, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2022

Thank you so much for stopping by, glad you enjoyed your food and service!

Reviewed May 31, 2021 via mobile

We have been going to this area of Michigan for years and somehow never discovered this remarkable restaurant. We found it 4 days before we were to return home and went back again every day until we went home! The owner and his wife Lois,...were a delight, as well as our servers. We will return later this year, the Good Lord willing. Great food. Great atmosphere. Great People! Love, love, love this place and staff! Hey Lois!! Jayne & David Glidewell Saint Charles, MissouriMore

Date of visit: May 2021
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Don D, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2022

Thank you so much, It was great to meet you! Glad you enjoyed everything, we'll see you again soon!

Reviewed May 3, 2021 via mobile

Good casual, friendly vibe. We’ve been here twice while visiting Petoskey and would come back. Have had wraps, burgers, soup, but by far the best out of those was the white fish quesadilla appetizer. Delicious! I’m getting it next time and I’m not sharing.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Don D, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2021

Thank you so much for visiting! We hope you had a great time visiting the Petoskey area and hope to se you soon!

Reviewed April 15, 2021

Per advice of neighbors, I ordered the whitefish carryout last Saturday and even though I had heard that this family owned restaurant is a solid dependable performer, I was still really impressed with my carry out whitefish (capers and tomatoes were on the side -...good idea). It was plentiful and healthy. I realize that it sounds silly to get excited about a perfectly cooked baked potato - but where else can you find one? Broccoli and carrots - simple things, but could be spoiled in the wrong hands, and I really enjoyed a nice healthy veg. Also - two well sized pieces of really delicious and perfectly cooked whitefish! Stands up to the more expensive versions around town very well. This was more than bar food. I am pretty sure it was the owner who handed me the bag. I will definitely be back to thank him in person! No wonder this place is so popular. I hope this popularity isn’t putting too much stress on the distancing right now, and I am happy to support them with carryouts until things settle down for a more relaxed dine in.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Don D, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2021

Thank you very much for your support and the very kind words. It's the small things that make a big difference, we are glad you noticed! Hope to see you again soon.

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The Side Door Saloon is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4